San Francisco announces police reforms after fatal shooting

Feb 23, 2016 1:44 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's mayor and police chief have announced a number of policy changes aimed at significantly reducing officer shootings.

The officials announced the reforms Monday.

The changes were made after five officers shot and killed a young black man who refused orders to drop a knife on Dec. 2. Among the policy changes include reporting all incidents of officers pointing guns at suspects, prohibits shooting at vehicles and bars using force on suspects considered only a danger to themselves.

The department hopes to reduce officer shootings by 80 percent with the policy shift, which includes more firearms training for officers.

The department also created a new bureau that will monitor the new policies and work with the U.S. Department of Justice, which is also reviewing San Francisco's police procedures.

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